|11.03.10 at 7:24 pm ET|
FOXBORO ‘ The Patriots made some tweaks to their roster on Wednesday afternoon, signing rookie quarterback Jonathan Crompton and defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington to the practice squad and placing wide receiver Darnell Jenkins on the practice squad injured list with a knee injury.
Here’s the full text of the announcement from the team:
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. ‘The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed rookie QB Jonathan Crompton and DL Lorenzo Washington to the practice squad. In addition, the Patriots placed WR Darnell Jenkins on the practice squad injured list with a knee injury.
Crompton, 6-3, 222 pounds, was originally drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Tennessee. He was waived by San Diego on Sept. 4. Crompton was signed to the San Diego practice squad on Sept. 5 but was waived from the squad on Sept. 7. He finished his college career as the seventh leading passer in Tennessee history.
Washington, 6-4, 296, was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie free agent out of Alabama on April 25, 2010. He was waived by Dallas on July, 29. Washington finished his collegiate career with 70 total tackles and six sacks in 49 games.
Jenkins, 5-10, 191 pounds, originally joined the NFL as a rookie free agent with Houston in 2008 out of Miami. After spending the 2008 season on the Texans practice squad, he spent time on the practice squads of Cleveland, Tampa Bay and New England in 2009. Jenkins went to training camp with New England in 2010 but was waived on Sept. 4 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 6.
|11.03.10 at 4:35 pm ET|
The Titans were 22nd in the waiver claim order (which is ranked based on worst-to-best record in the NFL) and have a need for a No. 1 receiver with Kenny Britt expected to be sidelined for a few weeks with a hamstring injury. The Titans have a bye week and next play at Miami on November 14.
It was reported in several places Wednesday that Moss might sit out the entire season if he wasn’t satisfieed with the team that claimed him, but it has also been reported that the Titans were a team on Moss’ wish list and Schefter tweeted that the wideout will report “happily” to Tennessee.
A big question now is how Moss will mesh with quarterback Vince Young, who has struggled with the deep ball in his career. The Titans rank 24th in the NFL with 187.6 passing yards per game.
|11.03.10 at 4:10 pm ET|
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that the Tennessee Titans have put in a waiver claim on wide receiver Randy Moss. The Titans are 22nd in the waiver claim order (which is ranked based on worst-to-best record in the NFL) and have a need for a No. 1 receiver with Kenny Britt expected to be sidelined for a few weeks with a hamstring injury. If the Banks report is accurate, the Patriots — with the best record in the NFL and 32nd on the waiver claim order — would be out of the Moss derby.
|11.03.10 at 4:06 pm ET|
DE Kenyon Coleman (knee)
TE Alex Smith (ankle)
|11.03.10 at 4:03 pm ET|
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
|11.03.10 at 1:46 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Patriots rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez was not present for the open portion of practice on the upper fields on Wednesday as they began on-field preparations for the Cleveland Browns this Sunday. Hernandez did not appear to be injured during Sunday’s win over the Vikings.
Meanwhile, Wednesday marked the first time back on the practice field for offensive guard Logan Mankins, who missed the first seven games due to a holdout for a new contract. Mankins agreed on Monday to sign a $3.26 million contract tender offered when he rejected a deal worth a reported $35 million over five years. The Patriots also had a pair of new practice squad players in quarterback Jonathan Cromptom and defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington, out of Auburn University.
Also not in attendance were running back Fred Taylor, safety Jarrad Page and practice squad players Darnell Jenkins and Tyrone McKenzie.
The team practiced in sweats and shells on the upper practice fields outside Gillette.
|11.03.10 at 12:15 pm ET|
FOXBORO ‘ Tom Brady spoke briefly with the media Wednesday morning down here at Gillette, and hit on a handful of topics, including the return of Logan Mankins, if he would welcome back Randy Moss and his excitement about facing Cleveland. Here’s the complete Q&A:
No disrespect to Dan Connolly, but what does it mean to have a guy like Logan Mankins back? ‘It’s great. It’s great. He’s such a great guy. He’s a great player. He’s coming in with a great attitude. I’ve had a chance to talk to him over the last few months. He’s been a great contributor to this team and to this organization. You can never have too many great football players or too many great teammates, so it’s great to have him back.’
How quick do you think his transition will be? ‘I don’t know. Who knows? I’m not sure. We’ll have to wait and see. I hope fast.’
Can you describe how today went with his first day back with all the players? Did Bill Belichick address it? ‘Everyone is excited to have him back. He’s friends with all of us, so as I said, over the course of the last few months, there’s been plenty of interaction with the players. Everyone kind of knew he was coming in today and was just excited to see him and greet him and welcome him back. He’s excited to get out there on the field and start playing football, because that’s really what he loves to do.’
How easy is it to separate the business part of the game from the game on the field? ‘As you get older it’s probably a little easier. When you’re younger and when you’re going through it the first time, I know for me, it was pretty tough early on. But then as you see different things happen and players come and go and coaches come and go, it’s just kind of the way it is. I think from each individual’s standpoint, you’re just focusing on your job, what you need to do, how you can contribute, how you can be a leader, how you can bring energy to the team and then let everything else take care of itself. You just worry about what you have to do and if you don’t, you’re the one that’s going to be out of a job.’
What are your thoughts on everything that has gone on with Randy Moss? ‘I have no idea. I have thoughts; I just don’t really care to share them.’
You mentioned having talked with Logan over the past few months. Was that football related or personal? ‘Probably both ‘ obviously his well-being and his mindset. I think you just always try to express support and you understand what he’s going through and the tough decisions that are made, but also maybe a different perspective from a player that’s been through it. Like I said, I’ve been around for a while now ‘ longer than most everybody in this locker room, so I think I just try to share a little bit of insight and maybe it can create some awareness for them.”
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